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The Mobile team would like to invite you to join us in Redlands California during the week of April 16th – April 20th to take ArcGIS for Windows Mobile 3.0 (formerly named ArcGIS Mobile 10.1) for a test drive!
Key Functional Improvements in 3.0:
- Media capture and synchronization using Attachments
- Editing workflows for modifying existing features
- GPS-based navigation
- Simplified data collection workflows
- User identity and auto-population of field values
- GPS logging
- On-board routing using Street Map for Mobile
- Project authoring, validation and packaging improvements (package data and extensions)
- Inclusion of core ArcGIS geometry, spatial reference and projection libraries for developers
- Integration with ArcGIS for Portal
- Much more… Continue reading
The Mobile Development Team has created a new group inside of ArcGIS.com to host code samples that you can download and use. The group is called ArcGIS Mobile Code Samples and with our initial upload it includes the following samples:
- Customized Data Collection – this is a custom task that extends the data collection workflow for the Windows Mobile application. Using this sample you can treat the collection of the shape of a feature as if it is another attribute you want to collect.
- Picasa – this sample illustrates how you can use the core ArcGIS Mobile SDK and the Picasa API to capture and upload photos and videos.
- Rangefinder – this sample augments the ArcGIS Mobile applications’ data collection workflow so that you can use a laser range finder to collect the location features.
- Routing – using the ArcGIS Online routing service you can route to a GIS feature from your current location and get driving directions.
- Waypoint Navigation – being able to navigate “as the crow flies” is a useful tool when working in the field. This sample illustrates how you can navigate to a feature from your current location using a bearing and distance.
- Show XY – displays your current LAT/LONG position that is fed from the GPS receiver in your device on top of the map.
- Save User ID – this sample illustrates how you can use your current user id (associated with the field crew task) to auto-populate an attribute value for a given field.
Please bookmark our group in ArcGIS.com and check back frequently as you will see many more samples coming soon.
You may have noticed when logging into the Customer Care Portal that you see ArcGIS Mobile available for download in more than one location (both ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server). That is because it is now licensed for use with both ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server! If you have an ArcView license, you can use ArcGIS Mobile to view your maps as well as collect and update GIS data!
In support of this license change, the Mobile team has uploaded a video on our resource center video gallery to guide you through the process of using ArcGIS Mobile with ArcGIS Desktop. We have also uploaded 2 additional videos on how to Create A Mobile Project and How to Use the Mobile Project Center.
To fully support the ability to use ArcView with ArcGIS Mobile, we had to update both ArcGIS Mobile and ArcGIS Desktop so there are two critical updates that you need to download if ArcView is the license that you plan to use:
- A general patch to ArcGIS Desktop that supports creating a Global ID column to a feature class (required for field editing)
- The latest software update (build 2475) of ArcGIS Mobile that is available through the Customer Care Portal (resolves a licensing restriction with the Create Mobile Map and Synchronize Geoprocessing Tools).
For more details on the licensing change, please visit the products page on our corporate web site for details.
ESRI and Trimble have joined fores and launched the 2009 Mobile Government Grant Program. The joint grant program awards hardware, software, and training with a value of $89,980 to 20 state and local government agencies in the United States.
More importantly however, the Grant Program is a vehicle for Government agencies to share their business processes, workflows, and custom software development with other Government agencies that have similar needs for field data capture and analysis.
This grant applies to the use of both ESRI’s ArcGIS Mobile and ArcPad software coupled with Trimble device offerings.
For more information on the 2009 Mobile Government Grant Program:
Also here is a link to the ArcPad blog posting on this as well:
On Friday November 7th, we shipped the first service pack for the 9.3 release of ArcGIS Server. This is a significant release for ArcGIS Mobile and we recommend that if you are currently using 9.3 that you download and install the patch.
The patch includes the following key enhancements and stability improvements that will be interested in:
ArcGIS Mobile Application supports Windows Mobile Smartphone devices
At SP1, the ArcGIS Mobile application now fully supports non-touch screen Windows Mobile devices (namely Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC and Windows Mobile 6 Standard) devices. All menu items are fully accessible using the numeric keypad of your smartphone device and the map navigation controls are optimized for use with the rocker.
Mobile Server Performance
We identified and addressed a significant issue with the Mobile SOE of the Map Server during this service pack that will increase the performance of the Server and improve its stability. Some users were reporting that the Mobile Service would fail yet the Map Service remained accessible. Some users also found that they were running out of memory on their server as well. Both of these issues have been addressed in the SP1 release.
PostGres SQL Support
At the 9.3 final release, mobile applications did not support the editing of GIS data stored inside of a PostGres SQL database. This has now been addressed and PostGres SQL is a fully supported database for your mobile applications.
There were a lot of additional targeted fixes that were made to the Server, SDK and Application. A list of all of those fixes can be found here: http://gisupdates.esri.com/93sp1/ArcGIS/ArcGIS-93sp1-issues.htm#Mobile-sp1
You can download SP from the following location on support.esri.com:
The users conference has come and gone and we are very thankful to all that came to our technical sessions, demo theatre presentations, and engaged us in conversation at the Mobile Island. This year was a big success for ArcGIS Mobile and we are now back into Redlands busy planning our next release. We received a lot of wonderful feedback from you and are integrating that feedback into our planning and future development as I write this.
We will begin a series of posts on this blog site that provide detailed answers to the most frequently asked questions we received at the island and in our sessions. Here is a sample:
What is the difference between ArcPad and ArcGIS Mobile? How do I choose between the two of them?
ArcPad and ArcGIS Mobile are separate technologies designed for mobile GIS. When deciding which is the appropriate solution to deploy, you need to consider what your field GIS project needs are, the number of field workers you need to deploy Mobile GIS to, and how Mobile GIS fits into your existing IT infrastructure.
ArcGIS Mobile extends our ArcGIS Server product and is a platform that enterprise organizations can use to centrally manage their mobile GIS needs. It includes both a configurable application that targets non-GIS professionals who demand a very focused handheld application for their data collection and inspection needs and includes a .NET SDK that you can use to embed GIS functionality into existing business applications. ArcGIS Mobile is IT-friendly – it fits well into an existing SOA and can be fully secured. ArcGIS Mobile applications provide a free flow of information between the field and office and do not require the field workforce understand or use Desktop GIS technology. ArcGIS Mobile applications target medium to large deployments of non-GIS professionals.
ArcPad is a GIS field data collection solution for mobile applications. It provides a rich set of tools for field mapping, query and editing. ArcPad is ideal for ad-hoc data collection and small number of deployments. It is traditionally used by GIS professionals. It operates in a disconnected environment where users check out part of a Geodatabase via ArcGIS Desktop, take information out into the field, and upon return check in their edits and collected data to the Geodatabase using ArcGIS Desktop. ArcPad can also be customized for specific user and organization requirements using ArcPad Application Builder. ArcPad has a map centric user interface.
Here is a slide that summarizes what is written above: